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Clunky metal bangles, meet the challenger to your throne—one that stylish girls may remember from that great fashion institution, summer camp. Yes, embroidered bracelets, the kind we used to call friendship bracelets, are having a bit of a moment. (It girl Alexa Chung’s been rocking a wrist-full lately.) The good news? You don’t have to knot them yourself anymore. Stylist-turned-designer Sara Beltrán’s got you covered, with her new collection, Dezso.
Beltrán weaves her bracelets in electric hues of cotton and finishes each off with gold- and silver-cast embellishments: shark’s teeth, seashells, leaves, and her line’s totem, sea horses. All play nicely off spring’s surfer-hippie vibe, without making you look like you live on a VW bus. The friendship bracelets generated most of the buzz at Beltrán’s trunk show at the Crosby Street Hotel yesterday, but the Texan designer, who recently moved to Jaipur, India, has a full jewelry collection as well, with bangles, rings, necklaces, and cuff links. She’s been making the most of Jaipur’s resources, working with 18K gold, fossils that date back 65 million years, raw diamonds, and red sapphires. Each piece has her signature sea horse worked into the design, sometimes carved on the back or as the clasp for a chain. “It’s funny,” Beltrán says, “I grew up in the desert, now I live in the desert—but everything I design is about the sea.” As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Available at Roseark, Los Angeles, (323) 822-3600, www.roseark.com, and www.dezsosara.com.
As much as we love lists, we also love predictions. Yesterday, Vanity Fair gave us both, releasing its annual New Establishment ranking along with an appendage of on-the-verge comers, the Next Establishment. Along with power elite in finance and technology, etc, there’s a sizeable fashion industry factor. On the first are obvious choices like Bernard Arnault (#10) and nemesis François-Henri Pinault (#20), while Ralph Lauren sits between them at a very respectable #13. Having had very good years are J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, moving up from last year’s #52 spot to #37; Marc Jacobs, who rose from #78 to #54; Diego Della Valle, up from #76 to #50; and John Galliano, strutting from #83 to #56. While Miuccia Prada dropped from #30 to #44, she’s still Mrs. Prada. And fresh off a runway triumph, Alber Elbaz makes his first entry at #73.
As for who might be joining the Lanvin designer at the adults’ table for 2010, there’s Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—both lauded for being forward-thinking caretakers of iconic brands. There’s the face that launched a thousand (well, million) ballet flats, Tory Burch, and red-carpet rulers Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. However, the selection of younger Americans is somewhat curious. You could probably guess Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang, but it’s surprising that Zac Posen and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg beat out seemingly recession-proof king of contemporary Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, the very first of New York’s younger set to win the CFDA’s Designer of the Year award. Also missing are MObama go-tos like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. Another surprise is MTV host and ubiquitous girl-about-town Alexa Chung. Though going from “who?” to Who’s Who in the course of less than a year is no mean feat.
Some scratched their heads when Ralph Lauren opted for a silk overall-style gown to close his Spring 2010 show last week, but there’s at least one celeb who can be counted on to call it in for a red-carpet event. Alexa Chung has been spotted recently in NYC sporting a vintage denim bib-front dress and, on a separate occasion, a cutesy nautical-inspired number from A.P.C. Today she sat front-row at Luella in London in this youthful minidress. She obviously has a body to pull off anything, but do you like the look? Or are overalls a trend better suited for the under-ten set?